1.16.2010

Smitten Saturday

Down the Rabbit Hole Dolls by no means is nail lacquer merely a spur of the moment selection that we make at the drop of a hat. The honest truth is that nail polish is a way of life all its own; a choice which requires much hemming and hawing over hues to ensure that we pick the color which so eloquently matches our mood and personality for the week in question. Anything less could make us the victim of disastrous results and a maddening manicure that leaves us tempted to strip it away with odorous remover. But I digress; I imagine no dislike would occur if the varnish in question was one of the four splendrous shades from OPI’s Alice in Wonderland Collection.

Don’t worry darlings, I will not once again bore you with my incessant chatter involving my utter adoration for all things Alice; but I simply cannot help but to gush over the whimsical titles and pretty pigments which accompany each petite bottle of the colorful quartet. The raspberry tones of Thanks So Muchness are tantalizing, and the classy crimson of Off with Her Red! is beguiling; yet it is the twinkling blue of Absolutely Alice and sparkling confetti-like aesthetic of Mad as a Hatter which have left me in the throes of glamorous giddiness. Tell me my loves, which shade makes you grin like the Cheshire Cat and contemplate a tumble down the rabbit hole?

Cross Your Heart During my decade-long tomboy years I perused the messenger bag more than I would like to remember. This was not an attractive carry-all by any means; rather it was a weathered piece of oversize canvas with militant stylings that had been snatched up at an army and navy surplus store on a whim, and stayed with me up until the very day I came to my senses and cast aside all semblance of boyish behavior, and embraced my femininity fully and completely.

Kitty cats, ever since that telltale day my handbag collection has consisted of nothing but saucy satchels proffering elegant attitude, and chic clutches with dainty detailing; but I am losing myself once more in the world of courier aesthetics showcasing multiple outer pockets, long straps capable of working cross-body, and battered designs that are blissfully broken in. Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Letter Satchel, with its tassel pulls and contrasting stitching, is a romantic take on a utilitarian motif; Forever 21’s Daily Ease Hobo Bag easily effuses urbanity juxtaposed with equestrian flourishes; and the unique cutout shoulder strap and pebbled leather found upon Alexander Wang’s Gunny Sack contribute a touch of playful personality to your posse of purses. Are you plagued with the urge to cross your heart loves?

Bibbed Bliss I can’t be sure if I so much as wore a bib during my formative infant and toddler years, the time in which one would be expected to dazzle in such a style; but here I am, a college student, and I am overwhelmed with a desire to don one. I know, I know, it sounds baffling to hear such words spill from one’s lips, but it’s the plain and simple truth…I want to wear a bib! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not discussing the type of bibs you toss into the washer after a heavy meal; nor am I referring to the bibs freely handed out at restaurants where the diner is destined to make a mess. Rather, I am discussing the beaded bib necklaces being whipped up Roarke NYC. Each piece is made to order and speckled with beautiful beads covering the fabric color of your choice. At present I’m coveting Le Charlot in Suede, Chiffon, and Leopard. The question is…which Roarke New York Bib is calling your name?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to The Princess Blog and Shopbop for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter The Haute Hostess Giveaway for your chance to win a Women’s Apron Original Frosted Cupcake from Flirty Aprons.
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35 comments

daisychain said...

I'm lusting after Mad as a Hatter polish but so far can only find it on US sites, dammit haha.

Oh, love the apron in your giveaway darling, but having already won an apron from another blogger I won't enter ;)

mom & son said...

wow, what a very beautiful photo!
alice in wonderland is awesome!!!!

nothing really special today.
it's lazy saturday for me today. watching tv and playing with mr. f. lol!

Mimi said...

I love everything on this post! The Alice In Wonderland shades are gorgeous, messenger bags are so practical and stylish, and I adore statement bib necklaces. Have a great weekend!

CC said...

I always love your Smitten Saturday posts! :)
Xx

Jacqueline said...

I used to love a great messenger bag too =) I was smitten with colorful socks paired with high platform shoes this week. xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

Couture Cookie said...

I believe the Chiffon Bib is whispering my name... well, a whisper is not enough to break the shopping ban my S.O. just imposed on me! By the way, I adore everything Alice in Wonderland too... I once worked in a show based on the original, where "Alice" was a promiscuous trailer trash bitch in West Virginia. Still working on getting over the shock! :D

Jenny said...

That's such a pretty dress! Now I'm dying to get my hands on those Alice in Wonderland nail colors!!

http://jennysopencloset.blogspot.com/

xAZD said...

great blog! love the post... also your blog header :)

xAZD

Olive said...

You absolutely nailed it with your description of the importance of nail polish choice! So difficult to explain to the boy whose eyes glaze over as you mull over colour after colour. Alice is never boring, by the way!

Glad you like the new header :)

LAUREN said...

I fell in love with grilled cheese on rye with gruyere! This morning I woke up late and had strawberries, fresh orange juice, and one of those delightful sandwiches! I find more and more that I'm appreciating the wonderful food I eat during the week!

Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

what a lovely dress :)

lancelonie said...

Marvelous!!! This is so attractive! It kinda matches my Flickr photo today. :)

Fabulous post! I think I may need a manicure now...

Happy weekend! :)

nookie said...

love the first pic,I'm gonna check right now the Alice in the Wonderland collection

lavienouveau said...

that first picture is lovely! I want to be that girl perched on that giant chair looking so elegant!

Sherin said...

The Alice nail varnishes look divine! I seriously can't wait to get me hands on them (I'm also really excited for the movie!)
I have also been going crazy while looking for a cross body bag, that not only looks good, but is also big enough for all the things I need with me. Thanks for the selections here! I'll definitely look into them!

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

You know, I'm usually not a fan of slouchy bags but I just love the look of that gray one!

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love the picture of the skirt its amazing.. I have a think for pink and girly ballet exaggerated ensembles lol

This week I'm really smitten with a stripped blazer but I cant find one anywhere =(

MizzJ said...

Wow those bib necklaces sure look heavy! They epitomize "statement".

I love the bags you chose! The Rebecca Minkoff is my fav, although I would prefer it without the tassles.

Style, She Wrote said...

Love the idea of an Alice OPI collection. Great accompanying images, btw.

Barry said...

Well damn if I don't like that Alexander Wang Gunny Sack! Scary the things that are catching my eye these days. (My wife gets a kick out of it though!)

Thanks for your comment on my blog my dear! :)

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

The magical-ness (?) and whismical-ness (? Wow. I really fail at coming up with adjectives invoking "magic") of Alice in Wonderland is very much like your blog! So I can understand why you are attracted towards Alice. So whimsical!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Haiti @
quirkyexplosion.blogspot.com

Cafe Observer said...

I hope I get an xtra entry for your cupcake apron giveaway since I've also put you in my blog listing!

I'm no baker either, CF, but thankfully I know plenty who love to bake & cook. They would adore this!

LML said...

oh nail polish and alice in wonderland! that is a beautiful marriage :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oooh I will definitely have to check out that Alice in Wonderland inspired nail polish!! Thanks for the head's up. :) I hope you are having a fab weekend!

Leah said...

Hope you're feeling better Erika. I was feeling so bad the whole day so I wasn't able to catch up on your blog today.

gleenn said...

i had my share. when i thought i'd never wear very girlish bags of which i thought are too matured. i was sufficed by back packs and sling bags alone. but I love this shoulder bag of your finds. stylish ;)

Nina said...

I soooo want to wear that long tulle skirt now .... Erikaaaa!

jasmine said...

I love everything Alice in Wonderland at the moment! That bag is stunning, by the way.

Jen said...

I love the whimsical nature of this Smitten Saturday. I'm dreaming of white rabbits, top hats and blonde pigtails!

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

another amazing, beautifully written post! I think you've just inspired me to buy a messenger bag :)

♥ Hannah

((LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM))

xx

Couture Carrie said...

Wow! Those bib necklaces are exquisite!!
Love these posts so, darling E :)

xoxox,
CC

Rachel said...

The shades of polish in OPI's Alice in Wonderland Collection are fantastic! There are definitely a few I need to get.

I too went through a rather long tomboy phase and carried messenger bags every day. And let me just say, those bags were not cute. At all. Haha. Fortunately those days are behind us! :)

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

I am obsessed with ALICE IN WONDERLAND, last year I did a fashion drawing project that "updated" their looks...thanks for the OPI link. I'll definitely take a gander.

Hanako66 said...

you could go on and on about alice and i will hang on your every word;)

Style, via TIa said...

I love that photo it is so cool!

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